Sep 7, 2013
Richmond Race Report
Clint Bowyer Race Summary: No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota driver Clint Bowyer finished 25th in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. The Michael Waltrip Racing driver started fourth and raced at the front of the field in a race that included only two cautions in the first 208 laps. The race’s defending winner moved to third just after the halfway mark then a quick pit stop during a caution allowed Bowyer to restart first on lap 274. Bowyer held the lead for 72 laps until a caution flew on lap 345 while he was on pit lane. Bowyer restarted 13th but couldn’t get back to the front of the field. A spin with six laps remaining dropped him to 24th. Bowyer will start NASCAR’s 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup in eighth just 15 points behind leader Matt Kenseth. The Chase begins at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 15.
- Started fourth finished 25th.
- Raced in the top five throughout first half of the race.
- A quick pit stop under caution enabled him to take the lead on lap 274.
- Led 72 laps until a caution during his pit stop dropped him to 13th.
- Couldn’t make his way back to the front in the final laps.
- Spun with six laps remaining dropping him to 25th.
BOWYER: "Just nothing went our way. We've been fast the last three weeks -- led the last three weeks and somehow lost all three of them. It's a shame -- it is what it is.”
What happened when you spun at the end of the race? "We had a flat tire or something -- we went from leading the race and got back there. I got down in there and it kept getting tighter and tighter and tighter and then the 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) got in there and by the time I got back in the gas, he got into me and I had so much wheel in it that it snapped around. It sucks -- the whole weekend was looking good. We led and then got caught in the pits -- for the third week in a row we were leading and had a legitimate shot at a win and just got caught in the pits again and it wasn't our night. You never want to be that guy and unfortunately change some things up there at the end. Super proud of (Brian) Pattie (crew chief) and everybody for giving me another great race car that's capable of winning. We have to get this bad luck behind us, but nonetheless we're running well and I feel like we're still contending with a car capable of contending for a championship."
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